Grappling blearily with jet-lag, Music Ally is in San Francisco today for the kick-off of Apple’s WWDC conference. The focus was on the upcoming iOS 6 software for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, as well as on Mac laptops and OS X software. Music angles? There were a couple. Apple has finally resolved its complicated relationship with Facebook, integrating the social network into iOS 6, but also into its iTunes Store. This means people will be able to Like albums and songs (as well as apps, TV shows and films) from their iOS device or (presumably) within the iTunes Store. Unsurprisingly, Ping didn’t get a mention. Also potentially important: an iOS 6 feature called ‘in-app content purchases’. It was quickly mentioned towards the end of the keynote, but as far as we can tell, it means iOS apps will be able to sell music and other iTunes content within the app, rather than having to push people out to the separate iTunes Store app. This could be a big deal for music apps, not least because putting this within the app itself should mean labels can see exactly how many sales their artist apps have generated, rather than just clicks [...]
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